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[Webinar Invitation] Grant Funding and Monitoring & Verification Tech for Energy Savings

We would like to invite you to the upcoming webinar Grant Funding and Monitoring & Verification Tech for Energy Savings”.

This webinar will address the value of Monitoring and Verification technology “M&V” and how it is critical to make energy use and costs visible in the commercial, industrial, institutional and manufacturing sectors. Properly employed it can help mitigate energy costs, waste, and machine failure while maintaining continuous compliance and performance records, and is critical in helping guide process and asset replacement decisions.
M&V tech is critical to accessing and implementing grant programs such as SaveOnEnergy and others that will be covered in the webinar.

Date and Time: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 12:00 pm EST

Seminar Speakers:

Graham Fowler – President, Green Management Group

Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert, Fair Grant Writing

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Do you qualify for government funding? Check eligibility at https://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility.

Export Development Program (EDP)

Amount: up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of
$30,000. 

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Digital Transformation Offensive (OTN)

Amount: Funding is intended for collaborative projects responding to sectoral and multisectoral challenges. Financial assistance will be granted in part through calls for projects.

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SME in Action Program – Support for SME Productivity component

Amount: non-refundable contribution of up to 40% of eligible project expenses, up to a maximum of $ 50,000 per project.

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SME in Action Program – Support Component for the Implementation of Investment Projects (Feasibility Studies)

Amount: non-refundable contribution of up to 40% of eligible project expenses, up to a maximum of $ 100,000 per project, with the exception of equipment manufacturers and processors in the aluminum, for which the maximum can reach $ 250,000 per project.

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Industry 4.0 audit: Successful digital transformation of your business

Amount: non-refundable contribution that covers 50% of eligible expenses of maximum aid rate and cumulation of government assistance up to a maximum of $ 20,000 for the duration of the program.

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3 Funding Deadlines in June to Watch

This month is full of expected and unexpected announcements about the coming completion of several intakes for government funding.

First of all, the CanExport program closes its doors on June 11th. The program experienced tremendous demand for funding after the list of eligible expenses started to include e-commerce tools, website development, and digital advertising, focusing on international markets. The program provided 75% of the project expenses.

Secondly, Agri-Tech Innovation Program in Ontario closes on June 21st. The program provides funding for Ontario agri-food companies that improve productivity and increase social distancing at their facilities.

Lastly, Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), a government loan for the businesses heavily impacted by the pandemic, is set to close on June 30th for good.

We thank all our clients in advance for their interest in those programs but will only be able to take a limited number of applications due to the above deadlines.

Feeling it is too late for your business? Need help with government funding programs and don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out the Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

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[Webinar Invitation] Sustainability and Grant Funding in the Post Pandemic Age

We would like to invite you to the upcoming webinar Sustainability and Grant Funding in the Post Pandemic Age”.

The post pandemic era presents a unique opportunity for sustainability programs. Needed work and client space reconfiguration programs can be accompanied by changes in key systems like lighting and energy consumption, heating, ventilation, air conditioning to save costs.

This webinar will focus on best practices and policies to implement robust sustainability and resource management programs.

  • Sustainability as a business and cost containment strategy
  • Energy consumption Auditing and benchmarking
  • Energy management planning, management and monitoring systems and technologies
  • Organization wide culture change and training initiatives

Opportunities for sustainability grants including consulting and training and energy saving devices will also be explored.

Date and Time: Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:00 PM EST

Seminar Speakers:

David Katz – President, Sustainable Resources Management Inc.

Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert, Fair Grant Writing

Click here to find out more about grants in Canada

Can’t Attend the Webinar?

The recording will be posted on our YouTube channel within a week after the event – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj2IGeKBHIpCtnqnPKcI1lw.

Do you qualify for government funding? Check eligibility at https://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility.

Agri-Tech Innovation Cost-Share Program

Amount: up to a maximum of $100,000

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[Webinar Invitation] Lean Techniques and Grant Funding for Increased Profit Margins

We would like to invite you to the upcoming webinar Lean Techniques and Grant Funding for Increased Profit Margins”.

Lean methodology presents significant opportunities for service and manufacturing organizations alike. This webinar will examine how these techniques can be applied in high and low volume environments.

We will cover:

  • Methodologies to eliminate costly operational redundancies driving more profits to your bottom line.
  • How Lean can mitigate poor-quality service and boosting customer retention and top line revenue.
  • Government grant funding opportunities for Lean training.

Date and Time: Thursday, May 20, 2021 12:00 PM EST

Seminar Speakers:

Henry Foppoli – Managing Partner, Amsaxsum

Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert, Fair Grant Writing

Click here to find out more about grants in Canada

Can’t Attend the Webinar?

The recording will be posted on our YouTube channel within a week after the event – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj2IGeKBHIpCtnqnPKcI1lw.

Do you qualify for government funding? Check eligibility at https://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility.

Webinar: New Budget, New Opportunities – Federal and Provincial Grant Funding Opportunities for 2021

We would like to thank all of you for joining us at the New Budget, New Opportunities – Federal and Provincial Grant Funding Opportunities for 2021 webinar. It was an absolute success and we hope you got a chance to join us live.

In case you missed it or would like to watch it again, we have a recording of the webinar available now.

Additionally, we have the presentation deck for your refence available here: New Budget, New Opportunities – Federal and Provincial Grant Funding Opportunities for 2021

The information is valid as of April 29, 2021.

Need help with government funding programs and don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

What is in Federal 2021 budget for you?

Yesterday, the Federal Government released its 2021 fiscal year budget. I took the time to go through it and happy to share the following highlights regarding the funding for businesses.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy will be extended to September 25, 2021. Only employers with a decline in revenues of more than 10% would be eligible for the wage subsidy as of June 6, 2021.

At the same time, the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program for eligible employers that continue to experience declines in revenues relative to before the pandemic will supplement and later replace the emergency wage subsidy. This support will be available from June 6 to November 20, 2021.

The application deadline for similar support under the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund is extended until June 30, 2021.

Multiple hiring grants are introduced or replenished to help businesses hire youth workforce, including:

  • Student Work Placement Program
  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy
  • Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program

A new Canada Digital Adoption Program will be introduced to support small manufacturers and food processors in implementing digital technologies. The support will provide grants for technology selection and planning and no-interest loans for technology acquisition and implementation. The loans will be provided by BDC.

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) gets additional funds. This program is known for long delays, and hopefully, the boost will provide opportunities for more businesses to apply.

The maximum amount of government-guaranteed loans through the Canadian Small Business Financing Program will be increased to $500K.

The aerospace industry will get a boost through the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative, which would support small and medium-sized firms in improving productivity, strengthening commercialization, and greening their operations and products. The government will provide the details within the next few months.

Business Scale-Up & ProductivityStrategic Innovation Fund and Supercluster Funding will be continued through this fiscal year.

CanExport program that supports Canadian businesses marketing outside the country will also be continued.

More funding and tax incentives will be provided for clean technology and climate change technologies adoption. However, it appears that Climate Action Incentive Fund for businesses will not be renewed. The farmers will get more climate change-related incentives.

We have not seen any specific funding programs for manufacturers to improve productivity, purchase new equipment or introduce hardware, software or industry 4.0 solutions, so we will keep monitoring the announcements from the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

We are also unclear about the Federal-Provincial programs such as Job Grants for skills training and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. We will provide you with more updates as more information becomes available.

Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grant Program

Amount: between $50,000 up to a maximum of $250,000 to eligible businesses or up to a maximum of $500,000 to eligible groups in collaboration.

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Canada-Ontario Job Grant may end on March 31st

As we are coming to the end of the government fiscal year 2020, I must inform you that the future of the Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG), a popular skills training incentive for businesses of all industries and sizes, is uncertain.

The program was first launched in fiscal 2014 and was supposed to end in fiscal 2019. However, due to pandemic and budget uncertainty, the program was automatically continued through fiscal 2020. As of today, there is no word from the government whether or not this program will be alive after April 1, 2021.

So, if you, your clients, partners or suppliers need to upgrade the skills of their employees, it is better to act immediately and submit the application. The program provides 50%-83% of the training expenses depending on the size of your business.

Do you have any other questions about Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)? Simply reply to this email to ask your questions.

Need help with government funding programs and don’t know where to start?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

Stay up to date with our calendar of upcoming webinars in March

You can claim as far as 4 years back with this funding program

A few weeks ago we released information about the customs duty drawback program that helps your business claim Canadian customs duties back if it qualifies. Today I wanted to highlight some nuances and answer the most popular questions about the program.

1. How far back can we claim the refund of the customs duties?

Answer: You can claim customs duties paid as far as 4 years ago if your business qualifies.

2. We paid CBSA when we imported goods to Canada. Why don’t we qualify?

Answer: When you import commercial goods to Canada you always pay GST – 5% of its cost (some exceptions apply). GST is a tax and not a customs duty. So if you import goods and pay no duty, there is nothing the government can refund back to you.

3. Is this program only for large multinationals moving containers of goods around?

Answer: No, the businesses of all sizes and industries anywhere in Canada can apply as long as they meet the program qualification criteria.

Do you have any other questions about the customs duty drawback program? or Need help with government funding programs and don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

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Webinar: Leverage Grant Funding for Business Survival and Growth in 2021

We would like to thank all of you for joining us at the “Leverage Grant Funding for Business Survival and Growth in 2021” webinar. It was an absolute success and we hope you got a chance to join us live.

In case you missed it or would like to watch it again, we have a recording of the webinar available now.

Additionally, we have the presentation deck for your refence available here: Ontario Government Funding Update – February 2021

The information is valid as of February 25, 2021.

Need help with government funding programs and don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

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[Webinar Invitation] Leverage Grant Funding for Business Survival and Growth in 2021

We would like to invite you to the upcoming webinar “Leverage Grant Funding for Business Survival and Growth in 2021”.

Join us in this webinar to discover what funding and subsidies your business may be eligible for, and how to access them. This webinar is tailored for businesses in the manufacturing, food & beverage, and technology industries.‍‍

Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session. You are also welcome to submit questions in advance on the sign-up page: https://www.youraccounting.cloud/events

Date and Time: Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12:00pm EST

Seminar Speaker: Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert

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Are SR&ED & Customs Duty Refund programs right for you?

You’ve known us for some time as a professional grant writing team but I wanted to make sure you take full advantage of other types of government assistance, such as tax credits and customs duty refund programs.

SR&ED Tax Credit is by far the most popular Canadian government funding program that pays a portion of your labour, material and other expenses incurred for a product or process design, development or improvement. Your business must be a Canadian corporation and experience uncertainties that you overcome to develop or improve the product or process. We’ve teamed up with experienced SR&ED writers to be able to offer SR&ED service to our clients. Learn more about SR&ED Tax Credit and determine your eligibility here.

Customs Duty Drawback is the customs duty refund program. In case if you imported goods and paid customs duty at the Canadian border, and then exported goods made of those imported parts or materials, you may qualify for a refund of the duty. Some conditions apply. Learn more about Customs Duty Drawback and determine your eligibility here.

Do you qualify for other government funding programs and would like to submit your application ASAP?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to get help.

Interest-Free Federal Operational Loan – RRRF

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) is an interest-free loan for businesses and organizations impacted by the pandemic. The main goal of this program is to support operational funding needs and cash flow of businesses.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • An incorporated business, co-operative, partnership or an Indigenous-owned business with 1 to 499 full-time employees;
  • Located in Ontario;
  • Facing funding pressures with fixed operating costs, as a result of the pandemic;
  • Have applied to other Government of Canada relief measures for which they are eligible, as outlined in the program guidelines;
  • Were operational prior to March 15, 2020;
  • Are financially viable;
  • Plan to continue to operate or resume operations; and
  • Have an active business chequing/operating account.

Eligibility Cost:

Liquidity support for fixed operating costs to maintain regular operations where business revenues or cash flows have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Such as:

  • Capital lease payments for existing equipment and machinery;
  • Salaries and benefits*(only if not eligible or supported by other available federal COVID-19 relief measures);
  • Property taxes;
  • Utilities;
  • Bank charges and interest payments;
  • Professional fees;
  • Monthly insurance payments;
  • Rent;
  • Personal protective equipment / safety measures;
  • Cleaning expenses; and
  • One-time stabilization expenditures (including sanitary, distancing measures and/or one-off adaptation costs related to operating in the context of COVID-19).

Amount:

  • Funding of $60,000 or less: Conditionally repayable contribution (interest-free loan)
  • Funding up to $1,000,000: Unconditionally repayable contribution (interest-free loan)

Do you qualify for RRRF or other government funding programs and would like to submit your application ASAP?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to get help.

Energize 2021 with New Energy Funding

Happy New Year! Let’s hope we will see a rapid recovery this year!

I am happy to start this year with sharing the energy funding update. Save on Energy Retrofit program provides incentives for lighting, HVAC and manufacturing equipment upgrade (such as process chillers, compressed air equipment, motors and variable frequency devices) to save energy. Although this program was around for many years, the new rules are effective as of January 4, 2021.

The complete list of new incentives is published here.

To qualify for the program, you need to own or lease the commercial, industrial or agricultural facility and intend to upgrade lighting, HVAC or manufacturing equipment.

Does your business qualify for this or other government funding programs?

Fill out the Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

Season’s Greetings!

We would like to say a big thank you to all of Clients, Partners and Friends for the many amazing opportunities, successful projects and goals that we were able to achieve this year together!

On behalf of our team, we wanted to share with you the spirit of the holiday season and wish you and your family love, joy and success in the New Year. We also hope you will take time for a well-deserved vacation. Talk to you in 2021!

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Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative

Amount: 60% cost-share, up to a maximum of $150,000 contribution under this initiative per business.

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Big Changes to CanExport Program

Just like all organizations, the government adapts its programs to suit the new reality of the pandemic.

Initially, CanExport program was designed to support export marketing costs of the Canadian small-to-medium-sized businesses. The program was primarily used to subsidize exhibiting at the international trade shows, international travel and marketing.

Now that the international travel and trade shows are no longer available, the government revised CanExport program guidelines to expand the list of eligible costs. Now a Canadian company pursuing international markets can apply for assistance to:

  • Gather market intelligence (custom research, reports and studies)
  • Apply for intellectual property protection in international markets
  • Apply for certification in international markets
  • Seek expert legal and business advice
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Translating, adapting or creating marketing materials
  • Attending virtual trade shows, networking functions, meetings or conferences

And the most recent changes announced on November 4th :

  • Export brokers in the agriculture and agri-food sector may be eligible to the program, provided they meet Canadian content requirements.
  • The maximum funding for online advertising activities has been increased to $50K per project. The program is now allowing online advertising on social media platforms, online marketplaces and search engines.
  • Expert advice for digital and e-commerce marketing is now eligible.

In the next few days the government will clarify the definition of the Canadian content and a few other recent changes.

Do you qualify for CanExport or other government funding programs?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

Dairy Processing Investment Fund

Amount: Up to $10 million in total per year per applicant.

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Rent Subsidy Program is Coming

We are very glad to share that after the months of criticism, the Federal government announced a new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy program to help businesses through pandemic. The program is still in the works and will start accepting applications in the very near future.

However, we would like to share some of its highlights to make sure you will be ready to apply for it when the intake opens.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy will be available to both tenants and property owners until June 2021. The new rent subsidy would support businesses, charities, and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop, by subsidizing up to 65% of their rent and other eligible expenses until December 19, 2020. The applicants would be able to make claims retroactively for the period that began September 27 and ends October 24, 2020.

Don’t know where to start and how to prepare an application or have questions about other government funding programs?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

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Webinar: Advancing Food Safety Systems through Canadian Government Funding Opportunities

Fair Grant Writing and SFPM Consulting are pleased to invite you to join us at the upcoming webinar: “Advancing Food Safety Systems through Canadian Government Funding Opportunities”.

At the webinar you will learn:

  • How food safety systems can help your food business
  • Investment and process improvements
  • Transitioning from HACCP to GFSI
  • Grants for food safety planning and investment

Date and Time:

November 3, 2020, starting at 2:00pm EST (11:00 am PST)

Seminar Speakers:

  • Felicia Loo CFS – Food Consultant
  • Igor Chigrin- Business Funding Expert

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Northern Ontario Funding Updates

We have some funding updates regarding the government grants available in Northern Ontario.

At this time, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund’s program is Temporarily Unavailable.

However, there is also great news for Northern Ontario businesses. The newly launched Northern Ontario Recovery Program, will support the adaptation of business operations and practices to meet public health guidelines for operations under re-opening stages, and support employee and consumer safety.

The program offers funding in the form of a conditional contribution and will not exceed $25,000.

Eligible companies will be considered Northern Ontario businesses, with at least one year of operations as of March 17, 2020 and impacted by the Province of Ontario Emergency Order that closed all non-essential businesses on March 24, 2020.

The intake will run from October 1 to December 31, 2020, so don’t wait until the end of the year. Start working on the Northern Ontario Recovery Program now.

Does your business qualify for the above and other government funding programs? Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

Northern Ontario Recovery Program

Amount: $25,000

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Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) projects

Amount: Up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $40,000.

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What’s in a Throne Speech for You?

Yesterday in his Throne Speech the Prime Minister announced the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) through the summer of 2021. The program reimburses up to 75% of the salaries if your sales are down due to pandemic. This extension is important because it provides the funding option to those businesses that are not impacted by the pandemic yet, but may be impacted in months to come.

However, before the extension becomes a law it has to be passed by the Parliament. And last night the opposition leaders clearly demonstrated that it won’t be an easy vote. So be patient and stay tuned to our updates.

If you missed the speech and curious what else is there, check out this link.

Does your business qualify for the above and other government funding programs? Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

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